Water Softener?

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Submitted by moneymaker on September 3, 2009 - 3:39am

I'm thinking of putting in a water softener. I've been weighing the pros and cons and still can't decide. How many out there have one? Would you replace it if it broke or just bypass it? I know they cost a little to maintain and waste a little water, is it worth it in the long run though.

Submitted by patb on September 3, 2009 - 4:33pm.

My house used to have one, when I bought it, it was in bad shape,
so I removed it. Used the money i would be spending to buy a tankless
water heater.

I don't see a lot of value in them, i'd rather have filters to absorb
stuff out of the water, or get a heat exchanger to recover
heat from the shower.

even better put the money into a solar hot water heater.

Submitted by farbet on September 3, 2009 - 6:22pm.

Can an hoa prevent one from putting a solar sysytem?

Submitted by newcomer on September 3, 2009 - 9:15pm.

we are also thinking of getting one water softener...

Submitted by Coronita on September 3, 2009 - 9:41pm.

It can wreak havoc on your plumbing. Expect also your water heater going a lot sooner than normal.

Submitted by zk on September 3, 2009 - 11:25pm.

I love having a water softener. It's great for your skin. My face was always irritated by shaving until I got a water softener. After that, no problem.

You save some of the money you spend on your water softener by spending less on soap, shampoo, and laundry detergent. Basically a drop of shampoo is enough to wash your hair if it's short. But the best thing about it is not having soap scum on your skin all day. It rinses off great. And you have NO soap scum in your shower/bath, either. Much easier to keep it clean.

Just make sure that the sacrficial (anodized) rod in your water heater is maintained. Check it and replace it when necessary.

Submitted by svelte on September 4, 2009 - 7:57am.

farbet wrote:
Can an hoa prevent one from putting a solar sysytem?

HOAs cannot bar the installation of a solar system, but they can regulate how it is installed as long as the regulation is reasonable.


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